IBM gears up to roll out spiffed-up OS/2 version

IBM continued in its commitment to OS/2 this week, announcing a spruced-up server version of the operating system that will be targeted at electronic commerce.

The new version, scheduled to ship by midmonth, contains built-in support for year-2000 considerations and euro currency. It also includes the long-promised Journaled File System, which is intended to give users more capacity and better scaleability to run e-commerce applications more efficiently, officials said.

The new version, which was code-named Aurora, also features the Network File System for compatibility with Unix clients and the Logical Volume Manager that gives administrators more flexibility in partitioning hard disks on the fly. Capable of supporting as many as four processors, the new version will come with a copy of IBM's WebSphere Application Server 1.1.

IBM also announced it is upgrading its WorkSpace On-Demand server-managed client OS with The Feature for Windows Clients. The upgrade allows administrators to boot Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0 clients from an OS/2 Warp Server using WorkSpace On-Demand. The Feature for Windows Clients is available as an option to WorkSpace On-Demand customers for $229.

Pricing for the new version of OS/2 was unavailable.

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